Yesterday we talked about the beginning of the Cold War and its origins in the ending of WWII. Because of the predominance of nuclear weapons and the scare of all out nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, we watch a very instructional video on the "Duck and Cover" method of survival.
The Cold War: What Was It?
- The United States and the Soviet Union battle and scheme for world domination
- Each gathered allies that shared its ideas about either democracy or communism
- Began after WWII and ended when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991
- The United States and the Soviet Union never battled each other’s troops directly
- Each superpower had “proxies” in different countries that they supported
- Direct conflict between the U.S. and U.S.S.R. would have resulted in nuclear annihilation
- The threat of nuclear war is always present
- The U.S. develops the a-bomb first in 1945, then the Soviets do in 1949 (after spying on the American program)
- World War is no longer possible without MAD (mutual assured destruction)
Test your knowledge of Cold War political geography: Label the blank map below with as many countries as you can without looking at an Atlas. Bonus points if you label communist-allied countries in red, and U.S.-allied countries in blue. Neutral countries you label in green.